ALBION, Ind. (WFFT) - Cub Scouts pack 3111 isn't selling Christmas trees in Albion this year.
Scout Master Micheala Cole said too many people were stealing trees.
"It was honestly, a heartbreaking decision," Cole said.
She said of the 40 trees the scouts were selling last year, 25 were unaccounted for.
"Our hearts broke into pieces because the kids worked really hard for this money," Cole said.
The scouts sold the trees in Albion for more than a decade.
"It's kind of sad that people stole them to the point they won't even sell them anymore," said Paul Bowman, who is a former cub scout.
Tree thefts are nothing new.
Cole said typically one or trees were stolen a year.
"There was no money for them, we didn't receive phone calls about them. We decided this year we can't take the hit," she said.
Cole added the frustrating part is people are stealing from the kids.
"We use that money in many ways to help enrich the kids' lives and teach the boys and girls we do have how to be better members of the community," Cole said.
Now the empty lot is another lesson for the kids.
"We had to sit down with the kids and explain why that's a bad thing," said Cole.
Cub Scouts pack 3111 could bring the trees back again next year, depending on the pack's financial situation.
If you would like to help out, contact Cole at firstname.lastname@example.org.